The economic downturn in the country has put a damper on some of the Carnival activities in Central Trinidad, and traditional mas is the first victim.
Couva Carnival chairman Ramchand Rajbal Maraj finds the situation appalling, and says if something is not done to help the dwindling artform it will be no more.
Maraj said not only is traditional mas in trouble, but the workshops, too. He said: “Before Carnival, somewhere around November and December, there will be workshops on it—to enhance and encourage the appreciation of traditional mas, especially in the schools. There aren't many of these workshops, and even those are in jeopardy.”